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How to make perfume

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Why spend a fortune on perfume or cologne when you can make your own for cheap. Brand name perfume/cologne can cost from $50-100, why spend that much when you can create your own fragrance with vodka and essential oils.

Instead of wearing a fragrance that everyone else wears you can make your own unique blend. Your own aromatic creations also makes a thoughtful gift.
 
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Step 1: What you need:

Picture of What you need:
Ingredients:
  • Vodka (the higher percentage alcohol the better) or Everclear if you can get it
  • Essential oils*, fragrance oils**, infused oils, even flavour*** extracts (make sure it's pure) such as vanilla extract
  • distilled or spring water
  • glycerine (this can be found in pharmacies)

Other stuff
  • pretty glass bottles to put the finished product in, preferably coloured glass, reuse bottles or find them at the dollar store.
  • glass jar for mixing fragrance in
  • measuring cup/spoons
  • a dropper if you have one
  • funnel
  • aluminum foil or wrapping paper if you are using clear glass bottles
  • a pencil and paper for jotting down your recipe
  • a discerning nose is helpful

*You can also make your own perfume oil Be a Romantic Scientist: Distill your own perfume oil.

**Fragrance oils are synthetic and are less expensive than essential oils.

***Quite a few perfumes use food flavours in them, so extracts are an easy way of incorporating them into your own creations.
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Judy4082 months ago

I was really glad to find this since I have lost my original recipe. The main question I had you answered without knowing you did. The what do you add to what order. To highlight this, for general information, if you start with scent and add alcohol, the finished product will be cloudy, not clear. It is usable - it smells OK - but it is not very pretty. So always measure alcohol, then add scent to the alcohol.

Do you have a breakdown of the percentage of base to water for the different commercial types - toilet water, cologne, perfume, etc?

I live in the Amazon region and am mounting fairly substantial equipment to steam (and hydro) distil essential oils from local plants, leaves, saps, fruits and nut-like fruits, but NOT woods (no destruction, no rosewood in extiction please, Death to Chanel no 5 and other perfumes that use this ingredient).

I have worked up a network of local people who collect or plant the respective inputs and thus have available supplies of ingredients to go into production with perfumes based, initially, on around 10 local essential oils.

I need help to formulate perfumes based upon such oils and others if need be to complete the perfume blend, but based principally on the marketing plus of being natural AMAZON sourced ingredients. A major plus I think you will agree as this region is a TREASURE HOUSE of innovative ingredients.

Would anyone like to participate in this effort with me?

Ali Atif4 months ago

which ingrdient is used for staying fragrance last longer..please answer meeeee.

OwlManor4 months ago

So ready to try this! Questions :) My favorite scent is Angel. I looked on the site and it said this: Chocolate, Vanilla, Caramel, Berries, Honey, Bergamot So.... how do I know how many drops of everything to put in? And what do I use for Chocolate, caramel, berries and honey? These aren't essential oils right?

jtran96 months ago
Thank you for this instructable! This really means alot to me.
gentlejms10 months ago
thanks for your work, I want to start a perfume making business, but I need your advice in packaging.
braimb gentlejms7 months ago
I could help you with the packaging. If you are interested, shoot me a message.
ChrysN (author)  gentlejms10 months ago
I don't know if I can answer your questions, I just make perfume for personal use. The only advice I can give is that the perfume keeps best in a tinted glass container.
The smell didn't really change much, but the cup absorbed the smell and now it smells like the perfume i made lol
And i just wanted to know if there's another alternative other than vodka?
ChrysN (author)  lolimmaunicorn1 year ago
An alternative to vodka would be Everclear or perfumers alcohol.
I made mine in one of those red plastic beer cups and sealed the top with aluminum foil and wrapped it with tape and a rubber band. Will this affect how the fragrance?
ChrysN (author)  lolimmaunicorn1 year ago
Glass is better since it doesn't react with the alcohol. Doing this in plastic may effect the fragrance but haven't tried myself so don't know for sure.
dmadrid11 year ago
I am planning to try this for our projects and i think of orange/ponkan scent of perfume and I have trouble in understanding step 4 and 5. Can I just use one scent, which is the orange scent to make my perfume than lots of scents as describe in step #4?
ChrysN (author)  dmadrid11 year ago
You can just add 25 drops of orange scent if you would like and it would work fine.
Nice, Thanks a bunch.
sibelious1 year ago
Question: If i can find pure alcohol is it better? or it doesn't really matter?
ChrysN (author)  sibelious1 year ago
It is better to use pure, but if you can't get a hold of any vodka works fine, that is what I use.
cen3petal1 year ago
Ok, do you know roughly how much of liquid would i have after filtering it?
Thanks a lot, learned many things here!
ChrysN (author)  cen3petal1 year ago
Though I haven't actually tried it myself, filtering should only remove some of the oil and leave you with the original volume of alcohol.
cen3petal1 year ago
for some reason i can't reply. what would have mixed well? thanks for the quick response!
ChrysN (author)  cen3petal1 year ago
You could use extracts (eg vanilla extract) which are alcohol based but you won't have as large a variety of scents.
If you don't like the cloudiness of the mixture you can filter it (using paper coffee filter ) but make sure you do it only after you age the mixture so that the scents are allowed to transfer from the oil into the alcohol.
cen3petal1 year ago
hey yall, i've just made my first test perfume, containing roughly 1ml EOs and 4ml ethanol 70% concentrated. I have used Sandalwood, Lavander, Sage, Bergamot and Peppermint. The mixture is blurry and after some times layers appear. Any advices?
ChrysN (author)  cen3petal1 year ago
That is normal, oil and alcohol don't mix.
Ikadeo1 year ago
What is the purpose of adding the glycerin? Won't that just make it thick?
ChrysN (author)  Ikadeo1 year ago
No, it is only a few drops, it doesn't effect the consistency, but it does help preserve the fragrance.
kluangman1 year ago
can i use other type of alcohol instead of vodka
Get as pure of ethanol as you can. That's why vodka is recommended - it's pure ethanol mixed with water.
ChrysN (author)  kluangman1 year ago
You can use perfumers alcohol or Everclear.  Most other drinking alcohol don't have a high enough alcohol content or have too strong an odor.
I guess you can try rubbing alcohol but it has a smell that may mask that of the essential oils.
Impjs11 year ago
Hi,
Neroli is my most favorite oil for perfume. Since it is a middle note, which are the best top and base notes to use if I want to enhance the Neroli? I just don't want to lose any of the impact from the beautiful Neroli.
These instructions are very helpful. I have never used glycerine before, so I'm going to try it! Thank you for your advise!
ChrysN (author)  Impjs11 year ago
I haven't used Neroli much myself, it does blend well with jasmine, lavender, other citrus oils, sandalwood, rosemary and ylang-ylang.
very cool instrtuctable, i hope to use this one day!
sunshiine1 year ago
Love, Love this! Thanks for sharing!
Sunshiine
myna 072 years ago
hey can i use food flavors from market as a replacement for some expensive oils???
ChrysN (author)  myna 072 years ago
Sure, that would work.
myna 07 ChrysN2 years ago
really??? are you referring to me??? can you give me a simple recipe of a perfume??
ChrysN (author)  myna 072 years ago
mlira12 years ago
I wanted to make a really strong vanilla scent so I bought some vanilla musk oil and I added like 30 drops but it just smells a lot like alcohol still. THat's the only oil I added because I want the scent to be super soft. Any tips for fixing this problem??
ChrysN (author)  mlira12 years ago
When you spray it on, the alcohol should evaporate leaving only the scent of the oil. It is likely that the vanilla musk oil (or components of it) is not soluble in alcohol. I noticed that some Vanilla Musk oils contains resin which is not soluble in alcohol. There is nothing you can do about this.
grandof82 years ago
Where is the best place to buy your oils? I bought some from Liberty and the shipping was almost as much as the oils.
ChrysN (author)  grandof82 years ago
I usually buy oils from a local grocery store to avoid shipping costs. Basenotes has a breakdown of the fragrance notes found in Mesmerize.
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